A-F Tigers beat Estill in debut

The Allendale-Fairfax High varsity football team hasn’t changed a bit under Glynn Darby.

In their first game in seven years with a new coach, the Tigers looked the same Friday night as they easily dismantled the Estill Gators by a score of 22-0.

Darby had his first win all but locked up after the first half when the Tigers took advantage of mistakes by Estill High to open up a 14-0 lead.

Darby said it was a big win for the team.

“It definitely was a good first step,” Darby said. “We did some good things, but we also made a few mistakes. Right now, I am looking to establish more discipline on both sides of the ball. We had way too many penalties in the game.”

Allendale-Fairfax High’s defense, fueled by Justin Polite, Damoray Devoe, Justin Dunbar, Bryshon Johnson and Marcus Livington, was stingy, limiting the Gators to only 134 yards of total offense.

Polite led the unit with eight tackles. Justin Dunbar was also active up front with seven stops, including two for losses and two quarterback pressures. Livingston had four tackles and an interception.

Offensively, the Tigers also enjoyed a good night. Senior quarterback Frank Oliver had a good, all-around game with 231 total yards. Oliver, who scored on runs of eight and four yards, also threw a touchdown pass to Damoray Devoe.

Others running the ball well included Derrick Youmans and Bryshon Johnson. Youmans could have easily surpassed 100 yards rushing, but he had several big runs called back due to penalties. Youmans finished with 91 yards.

“I was very proud of the way our young offensive line blocked. We made a few mistakes, but I love the effort and intensity of the group,” Darby said.